When you knit baby cocoons and more for Relief Share, you can help needy families make better lives
Relief Share collects more than knit baby cocoons, but the cocoons really set them apart — there just aren’t many charities out there whose mission includes cocooning infants!
First of all, let’s see what Relief Share actually does, because it’s a lot more than just the odd knitting project. According to their website, Relief Share provides warm clothing and bedding for babies; quilts for the suffering; books and essential household goods for disaster victims and the disadvantaged.
At any given time, they have dozens of projects on the go. These energetic volunteers tackle each new project with enthusiasm and dedication. They are determined to make the world a better place. Right now, their pet project is perfect for knitters: baby cocoons for hospitals.
What Is a Knit Baby Cocoon?
A knit baby cocoon looks like a cross between a sock and a sleeping bag. It’s a modern day version of swaddling clothes: tight, warm cloths that keep a baby feeling safe and cozy. The good people at Relief Share are knitting them (and other needed items) like crazy, and as always, they welcome any help you want to give.
How Can I Help?
The Relief Share website has fantastic information on this latest project, including a precise list of what they need: soft yarn and other supplies for crafting, financial donations for support, and, of course, volunteers to knit baby cocoons and send them in.
They also have the rather brilliant suggestion of buying soft old sweaters at thrift shops and unraveling them for the yarn.
They have many patterns available on their site as well. For more free baby cocoon knitting patterns, these links should do the trick:
Twin City Knitties: a free and very cute knit baby cocoon pattern
Amanda’s Creative Attempts: a simple baby pattern
My favorite, the Ribby Snuggle Sack
If you’ve never knit a baby cocoon before, you’re in for a treat: these little sacs are unbearably cute, very easy, and work up quickly. And knowing your knitting will help a newborn in need? It won’t take much to get knitters excited about it!
I strongly recommend Relief Share. All the work they do impresses me. Relief Share is a diverse charity reaching out to hundreds of people in need. If you want someplace new to share your love, Relief Share is definitely the place for you.